Some years ago I got fed up with never having a pencil in my shop, so I bought a whole box of the large diameter round pencils and sharpened all of them. Then I put a few near each machine in my shop and a few on each workbench. My problem is that I have trained myself to return my pen to my shirt pocket, so at the end of the day I usually have several of these pencils in my shirt pocket. Now, I'm having trouble finding pencils in the shop again, but almost everywhere in the house I can find one of these pencils. Every once in a while I now go around the house and collect as many of them as I can find, and then take them back to the shop. Gradually I seem to be running out of my favorite large diameter pencils, so I'll likely be buying another box of them soon. I like these pencils because they are easy to see when needed, have nice soft lead that doesn't leave dents when I mark my wood, and I can spot one easily if I catch a family member with one of them. Just recently I was in my son's shop across town and collected several of my pencils that seem to have migrated from my shop to his. They are now back home in my shop too.
Central North Carolina